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The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Marital and Family Therapy Specialization

Campus-Based Programs*

On-Campus Locations:

CSPP - Los Angeles
17 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 615-7200

CSPP - Irvine
Office of Technology Alliances
4199 Campus Dr E
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 769-7700

CSPP - San Diego
401 W A St #180
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 541-4500

CSPP M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Marital and Family Therapy Specialization Program Page

*CSPP does offer an online master's program but as offered it does not meet the BBS requirements for licensure in CA.

Program details below are quoted from program websites, supplied here for informational purposes only, and subject to change at any time. Refer to the program website for current information, deadlines, complete admission requirements, etc. It is the responsibility of the prospective student to verify with program administrators program details and that the program still meets BBS requirements for licensure in the state of California.

Program Snapshot



Concentrations/Specializations Offered

Applied Behavior Analysis track (Los Angeles and San Diego campuses only)

Length of Program

MFT only: 2 years, 4 years part-time
ABA track: 2-3 years full-time, 4 Years part-time



Program Start 


Estimated Total Program Tuition


Religious orientation


Entering Class Size

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Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program

Minimum of 250 hours of face-to-face supervised clinical experience in a mental health setting

Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program

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Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:

At the end of the second practicum seminar, students will complete a Clinical Competency Evaluation (CCE), which consists of a full clinical case report, tape and transcripts, as well as a presentation of this case to the class and instructor.

All students are required to successfully complete the Written Comprehensive Exam. The information tested by the exam covers the program competencies. The comprehensive examination is generally administered twice a year and taken during the last year of enrollment in academic coursework.

Application Process

Application Deadline

Early Deadline: 2/15
General Deadline: 4/15
Deadline for applications accepted based on space availability: 8/15

Undergraduate GPA Requirement

None, although generally, the master of arts programs require a 3.0 or higher. However, your GPA and GRE scores are only one part of your application. Each applicant is reviewed holistically, taking factors such as personal and professional experience and accomplishments into consideration. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions to discuss their unique qualifications.

GRE Requirement

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required, however students  who have taken the exam may submit their scores to enhance their application.

Prerequisite Courses

A course in Psychology, with a grade earned of C or better. (San Diego programs and Los Angeles ABA-track program only.)

Application highlights

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Please answer the following question within three double spaced typed pages (approximately 500-750 words). Essay must specifically address the program/specialization for which you are applying. 

Psychology is a vast discipline with many career options. In an essay format, please describe:

  • Why you chose this particular program/specialization making sure to cite specific experiences and examples.
  • Why it is important to you to study this discipline at a school that emphasizes cultural awareness, competence, and understanding of diversity (see our Commitment to Diversity Statement).
  • Your professional career goals as they relate to this specialization.
  • Why you believe this program will assist you in reaching these goals.

Three Letters of Recommendation
Appropriate recommendations are from professors and/or supervisors from significant work or volunteer experiences, who can appraise your academic or professional performance. Letters should arrive in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal.

(see program website for complete application requirements)

Interview Requirement

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Guided by practitioner faculty, students will gain the essential therapeutic, diagnostic, and consultative skills they need to excel in their field.
— The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Program Summary

(Reprinted from program website.)

The M.A. Clinical Psychology, Marital and Family Therapy (MFT) specialization provides strong preparation in the development of essential diagnostic, therapeutic and consultative skills in order to work with a variety of clinical populations- ranging from individuals, children and families, to groups and spanning the developmental spectrum from children to the elderly- and with a variety of emotional, intellectual, and psychological conditions and disorders. The program has adopted the practitioner-scholar model which is based on the belief that a competent mental health practitioner must have both a broad knowledge of the scientific and theoretical principles in the clinical practice of Marital and Family Therapy and the ability to apply that knowledge to specific clinical situations.

Acknowledged for its commitment to diversity, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology recognizes that service to a diverse community plays a vital role in all levels of mental health care. The M.A. Clinical Psychology, MFT Specialization program embraces this commitment through the integration of multicultural education and diversity throughout its curriculum; successful students demonstrate an appreciation for and competency in this area. Likewise, the faculty reflects experience in graduate level teaching and clinical practice with diverse clinical populations.